Citius, Altius, Fortius: An Exploration of Ancient Olympic Games

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Citius, Altius, Fortius: An Exploration of Ancient Olympic Games

Time: February 19, 2014 from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Location: Simms Center for the Performing Arts, Little Theatre, Albuquerque Academy
Street: 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE
City/Town: ABQ
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Event Type: free, lecture:, register, in, advance
Organized By: Albuquerque Academy
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2014

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The modern Olympic Games has its precedent in the ancient Greek Games, set in the murky past of the 8th Century BC. Journey back to that time with Albuquerque Academy faculty member Rich Field to meet the ancient equivalent of the "world's greatest athlete" and to explore the nature of the honor and shame society that permeated the ethos of the times. On the way, encounter people like Milo, the wrestler and Nero, the emperor who fancied himself an outstanding athlete. Come along and take a tour of the site and learn some of the terminology relevant to understanding the first iteration of the games. Join us in this epic quest amidst the blood, sweat, and tears of Olympia, and find out how much of what we see in the Olympic coverage today has its roots in soil of ancient Greece.

Rich Field has taught history at Albuquerque Academy since 1991 and ancient history, world history, and senior humanities since 1995. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in 1993, and his M.A. in the Great Books from St. John's College in Santa Fe in 1998. Rich has been a keen student of military history since middle school.

This event is free and open to the public. Guests are asked to register in advance at to ensure adequate seating. Thanks!

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